San Antonio teen, friend accused of shooting dad

December 31, 2009 2:06:07 PM PST
Police say a 15-year-old and his friend are accused in the overnight shotgun slaying of the boy's father in San Antonio. Police were called to the home of 39-year-old Fred Cantu about 4 a.m. Thursday and found Cantu dying from a shotgun blast. The son and his 15-year-old friend were arrested on suspicion of murder later in the day.

Police tell the San Antonio Express-News the youths admitted to planning the shooting for months. Sgt. Chris Benavides says the son may have felt his father was overprotective and that the friend -- believed to be the triggerman -- did it as "a favor."

Investigators say the shotgun was found in the second teen's home.

Police say the suspects initially will be charged as juveniles.


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